Wine and Food Festival, San Diego Bay, Caley ShoemakerCaley

Head Distiller
Hangar 1

Caley Shoemaker is one of a handful of female distillers to lead operations for a major American spirits brand. As Head Distiller of Hangar 1 Vodka, Caley draws on inspiration from the California’s abundant seasonal ingredients to make the fresh tasting vodkas that give Hangar 1 its signature crisp and clean taste.

A Denver native, Caley got her start in craft spirits distilling at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. As she worked her way up under Master Distiller Rob Dietrich’s guidance, Caley immersed herself in every aspect of the production process, from the sourcing of grains to distillation and bottling. She is a self-proclaimed “spirits nerd” who is fascinated by how the chemistry of distilling affects the quality, texture and flavor of the final product.

In 2014, Caley left the world of whiskey and joined Hangar 1 Vodka where she brings her expertise of capturing flavors from all ingredients to create a clean, wellcrafted spirit with a signature style.

In 2016, Caley most recently oversaw the full buildout of the distillery’s Visitor’sCenter and Tasting Room, which offers visitors around the Bay Area and afar an indepth vodka tasting experience. Also available at the distillery is Distiller’s Exclusive, a limited edition line of specialty flavored vodkas that Caley develops on a regular basis using farm-fresh fruit, vegetables and botanicals of the Bay Area.